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Janet E. Spittler argues that those animal episodes have a better, extra complicated importance than has formerly been famous, studying those texts in the wide context of Greco-Roman literature and offering new interpretations of every animal-related episode. The normal features of those animals - recognized to old authors and audiences via traditional old compendia, historiography and biography, present philosophical debates, fables, and novelistic literature - are deliberately and cleverly evoked by way of the authors of the apocryphal acts, frequently helping underscore key subject matters of the works. Janet E. Spittler contends that the usually very optimistic presentation of animals in those texts bargains a counterbalance to the usually unfavorable depiction of animals in different early Christian literature, therefore her publication has large implications for modern understandings of early Christian attitudes in the direction of animals and the common world.
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Animals in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: The Wild Kingdom of Early Christian Literature (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament / 2. Reihe) by Janet E. Spittler